KDHE advises flood water safety

6/22/2014

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment advises Kansans to exercise caution near flooded bodies of water caused by recent excessive rainfall. Floodwaters pose health risks, such as physical dangers associated with entering swift moving floodwaters and illness in humans and animals.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment advises Kansans to exercise caution near flooded bodies of water caused by recent excessive rainfall. Floodwaters pose health risks, such as physical dangers associated with entering swift moving floodwaters and illness in humans and animals.

The potential for pathogens in floodwater to cause illness is often measured by an indicator bacterium called E. coli. While all rivers and lakes contain bacteria, some bacteria are naturally occurring while others can be illness-causing or indicative of other illness causing pathogens such as viruses. These illnesses can cause a variety of symptoms, including skin, ear, respiratory, eye, wound infections and diarrhea. Kansans planning to travel at or near lakes/reservoirs should check with the local management regarding flood areas that should be avoided.

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